After copping a Grammy for his third record Echoes of Love, Omar is back with a full-on sonic assault to make sure he does it again. Not exactly pop, he does turn it up a notch loading the new age deck with pop and jazz smarts, keeping it buoyant, upbeat and winkingly sassy.” —Chris Spector, Midwest Record
After celebrating his 2012 Grammy-winning Echoes of Love, Omar softens the mood to serenade us with the romantic melodies of Daytime Dreamer. Featuring six brand new tracks and five previously released selections, the familiar splashes of Omar's signature world textures (oud, duduk, violin and guitar) weave back and forth in a sublime dance with his exquisite piano compositions.
On his debut album, we spent an Afternoon in Sedona with flutist/multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Gunn exploring the spirit of the magnificent Southwestern desert landscape. The Sacred Fire captures Gunn’s eternal reverence for Mother Earth and the sounds that echo from ancient peoples who once tread delicately upon it. On tracks such as “Odessa,” lush orchestrations punctuated by percussive tribal beats and stirring vocals burn with the intensity of primitive dance, while the tender romantic ballad “Midnight Hour” embraces us under a moonlit sky warmed by the beat of fire’s dying embers. Gunn says, “The Sacred Fire symbolizes strength, romance, power and sensuality — a true reflection of life.”
The parting of a summer mist, a loved one’s tender touch, the fragrance of a rose… memories of The Unforgetting Heart. Complemented by the flutes of Tim Wheater, along with viola, Michael Hoppé’s sensitive and moving piano melodies lift the veil to a place where love awaits.